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Firstglance Film Festival Philadelphia

Our 18th annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia is set for October 2015

Call for Entries Opens Spring 2015 For filmmakers from across the globe. Categories include Features, Feature Documentary, Shorts, Shorts Too, Animation, Music Video, Student Shorts, International Shorts, and for the first time ever 3D features and shorts.

FirstGlance is Philadelphia's Independent Film Festival since 1996!

We showcase national and international award winning shorts, features, documentaries, music videos and many more from around the world and aroud the corner.

We are a supporter of the Philadelphia filmmaking community and support and exhibit locally produced films amongst our award winning lineup of films at our events.

We award over $100,000 in prizes annually and offer filmmakers perks like no other festival in the world. All FirstGlance titles are eligible for theatrical and online distribution through our new services that include download to DVD and streaming rentals. All distribution through FirstGlance is no-cost, non exclusive revenue sharing with the filmmakers.

We offer an amazing array of perks to assist filmmakers in promoting, marketing and developing an audience for there screenings at FirstGlance.

FirstGlance Film Fests, by indie filmmakers, for indie filmmakers.


FirstGlance Feature and Short Screenplay Competitions Calling for Submissions!

Feature Screenplay Competition

Deadline July 12th 2009

Top three scripts are judged by Hollywood
production companies and top producers in the industry, including Greenestreet Films, Boxing Cat Films (Tim Allen’s
production company), Madhouse Entertainment, Avalanche!
Entertainment, CMM Productions, Alma Libra Films, Vine Entertainment, Converge
Entertainment and some of Hollywood’s biggest producers.


  1. Drama
  2. Comedy
  3. Horror
  4. Sci Fi/Fantasy
  5. Action/Adventure
  6. Historical/Period Biopic/Based on Actual Events
  7. Animated/Children’s

feature screenwriter’s receive one page feedback from our professional
readers noting strengths and weaknesses with suggestions on how to
proceed on your next re-write. (Valued at $150.00) All semi-finalists loglines will be shared with our esteemed judging panel for consideration.
Final Draft Software.Syd Field’s Screenwriting SeminarsCreative Screenwriting, Scr(i)pt, Fade In , and Moviemaker subscriptions.Entrance to Screenwriting Expo 2008 in Los Angeles. Pitch meetings with Hollywood Producers and Agents.Writer’s Boot Camp Courses.InkTip Membership In depth script analysis provided to winner.Winning scripts will be posted online at Moviebytes and shopped to Producers and Agents.

Apply online through Withoutabox



Entry Fees 45.00- 90.00 (depending on deadline)




Have your short script made into a short film

Here's how it works:

Enter your short screenplay into our competition.

Scripts are read by
professional reader/producers. The best short script will have the
opportunity to have their screenplay co-produced with FirstGlance Films
and premiered at either our Hollywood or Philadelphia Festival.


FirstGlance is one of the only short script contests that helps short filmmakers bring their script to the screen.


Screenplays must be 20 pages or less.


co-production funds and in-kind production services provided by
FirstGlance Film based on contract agreement with short writer.Final Draft Software.Creative Screenwriting, Scr(i)pt, Fade In , and Moviemaker subscriptions.InkTip Membership


Apply online now through Withoutabox


Entry Fees 30.00- 65.00 (depending on deadline)

Feature Screenplay Competition

Entry Fees 45.00- 90.00 (depending on deadline)


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About Firstglance Film Festival Philadelphia

New categories, new awards and named one of the 40 indie friendliest companies in the US. All Official Selections receive an award package.Over $60,000 in cash and prizes in 2009, New sliding scale Grand Prize, with 5,000 cash prize for each 1000 entries.

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